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June 20, 1987

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ James Neal, who successfully defended movie director John Landis in the recent ″Twilight Zone″ trial in Los Angeles, says the legal profession is not doing enough to teach people their rights.

″I am constantly appalled by the lack of knowledge, understanding and appreciation on the part of the general public of our state and federal constitutions,″ Neal, a Nashville resident, told the graduating class of the Nashville School of Law on Friday.

Last month, a jury in Los Angeles found Landis and four associates innocent of manslaughter for the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two children on the movie set of ″Twilight Zone.″


VIENNA, Austria (AP) - President Kurt Waldheim on Saturday led his daughter Christa, 28, into a village church, where she married politician Othmar Karas.

During the ceremony, one of two officiating priests read a telegram with blessings from Pope John Paul II, sent by the Vatican’s State Secretary Cardinal Agostino Casaroli.

Waldheim meets the pope in the Vatican on Thursday on his first official visit abroad since taking office last July. The audience has drawn protests from Jews because of Waldheim’s alleged role in deporting Jews and Balkan partisans to Nazi death camps during World War II. Waldheim denies any wrongdoing.

Karas, 29, is a parliamentary deputy of the conservative Austrian People’s Party, which supported Waldheim’s presidential campaign.

The wedding took place at Nussdorf on Lake Attersee, 25 miles east of Salzburg, the Austria Press Agency reported. Waldheim, former secretary-gener al of the United Nations, owns a lakeside house there.


TOKYO (AP) - Hundreds of fans charged police Saturday after rain and strong wind forced the cancellation of Madonna’s concert at Korakuen Baseball Stadium.

More than 40,000 ticket holders were turned away.

″This is no joke,″ shouted Junichi Yokota, 17, who said he came 170 miles from Nagoya for the concert. ″You better reschedule this concert.″

Young girls, many in tears, strained at police barriers, while some young people scuffled with security guards. There were no reported injuries and no one was arrested, police said.

″Because of strong winds the stage sets could not be set up,″ said Naoko Suetsune of Warner Records. Warner officials said there were no plans for additional performances and tickets would be refunded.

″It says on the ticket that the concert will be held regardless of the weather,″ complained a schoolgirl from Tokyo who paid $46 for her chance to see the blonde superstar.

Madonna, 26, arrived in Japan last week to a wave of hysteria from Japan’s press and hundreds of thousands of fans. She performed twice in Osaka, kicking off a three-month tour of Japan, the United States and Europe.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Holly Dunn credits a song she wrote in 1984 for her father, a Texas minister, with helping her become the Academy of Country Music’s top new female vocalist of 1986.

Ms. Dunn, 29, said recently that the commercial success of ″Daddy’s Hands″ was a surprise.

″I was writing a Father’s Day present for my dad, but I tapped into a well of emotion,″ she said.


CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) - Two British balloonists on Saturday scrubbed plans to take off Sunday in an attempt to make the first flight across the Atlantic in a hot-air balloon.

″It’s not a perfect weather window,″ said Richard Branson, head of Virgin Atlantic Airways and captain of the balloon.

″I’m actually quite relieved,″ he told reporters at the Sugarloaf USA ski resort. ″We could do with another 36 hours of preparation.″

The prevailing winds would have taken the 21-story Virgin Atlantic Flyer too far south, adding 400 to 500 miles to the flight and cutting its margin of safety, project meteorologist Bob Rice said.

The balloonists have not ruled out a Monday launch but said Tuesday will offer better conditions. The decision cannot be made until the morning before the flight.

Branson and his co-pilot, Swedish-born balloon designer Per Lindstrand, have 100 hours to complete the 3,400-mile journey in what is believed to be the world’s largest balloon.

Helium-filled balloons have crossed the Atlantic, but the longest distance ever traveled by a hot-air balloon is 907 miles.


CHICAGO (AP) - The family can beat the bomb, says actor Louis Gossett Jr.

″No atom bomb can break everybody up if we keep the family together,″ Gossett said Friday at a national conference sponsored by One Church, One Child, an organization that encourages the adoption of needy children.

Gossett, whose roles include the tough drill sergeant in ″An Officer and a Gentleman,″ recalled riding in a limousine ride through a poor neighborhood and realizing fame was not enough.

″If you are any kind of a person in this business, with a lot of success, you can’t succeed without giving some of it back,″ he said.

Gossett, 51, said he has helped develop a program called ″Pied Piper,″ in which men ″adopt″ fatherless families.

″If you can go for 10 minutes a week and talk to your family and talk to your children, and say, ‘How are you doing,’ this is the seed of the reconstruction of the family,″ Gossett said.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country singer John Anderson, best known for his million-selling 1983 single ″Swingin’,″ was surprised to learn that part of his property had been turned into a marijuana field, his attorney says.

″He was totally unaware,″ said Hilton Conger. ″He said the last time he was on the property was when he was deer hunting there in December. And there was nothing growing like that when he was down there.″

Authorities found 2,700 marijuana plants Tuesday on the 475-acre tract 60 miles southwest of Nashville. Police made one arrest and others are expected, officials said Friday.

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